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Online Booking Software Start-Up Booking Live Joins Web Summit's Class of 2015
by Startacus Admin
BRISTOL-BASED BOOKING SOFTWARE PROVIDERS BOOKING LIVEhave recently earned themselves a spot at Web Summit ALPHA's class of 2015 which is taking place on 3rd-5th November.
Starting life as a digital agency, Booking Live productised as they noticed a demand in the market for booking software. With their first online booking system designed for a zorbing company, Booking Live have gone on to provide booking software to a range of business and organisations, including local government, schools and activity centres. Startacus member Caitlin Roxburgh, Marketing & Communications Executive at Booking Live, shares the business's Web Summit story so far.
"Here at Booking Live we are delighted to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the ALPHA class of 2015 at Web Summit.
Described as 'where the tech world meets', we couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a great, global community. Having gotten through the initial application, we were thrilled to hear we had made it through to the interview round and even more excited once we'd received the final verdict!
This will be the first event we have ever exhibited at and we think it's a great one to start with! Although the exhibiting cost will take up the majority of our marketing budget, it is less than half the cost of other technology events. Web Summit also supply all exhibitors with branded exhibiting materials, all of which is included within the cost. This is a great relief for us, as we wouldn't have the budget to purchase these in addition to the exhibitor fee.
In terms of what we are looking to get out of Web Summit, the main priority is investment. In 2014 we received a £40,000 grant, but outside of this we are fully self-sufficient and fund our own growth. Looking forwards, investment is currently an integral part of our business model and without it we are unsure as to whether we will be able to continue our growth which is why, as well as exhibiting at Web Summit, we have also applied for PITCH. If we are successful we will be pitching our startup to hundreds of the world's investors in what is described as 'the battle to be crowned 2015’s best start-up'.
Alongside exhibiting, we intend to make the most of being at Web Summit and plan to have a look around and visit other startups' exhibition stands. Due to the nature of our booking software business, we offer additional services including website design and SEO, so we are looking for businesses to partner with in order to continue providing these services (as well as sussing out any competition).
Not only will Web Summit be a great opportunity for us in terms of potential investment and partnerships, but it will also be great practice for upcoming events as we are hoping to exhibit at more to really get ourselves known within the tech scene. We want to prove that startups are the future and can become as influential as big brands and corporations.
If you haven't got a ticket yet, get in touch with Booking Live as they have a spare one going and are willing to give it away! To find out more about Booking Live and their online booking software solutions, head to their website at www.bookinglive.com and we look forward to hearing back from Booking Live about their experience at Web Summit 2015 - Good luck Caitlin and the team!